Louis gearing up at Houston Open

Africa Open: Day 4The Shell Houston Open is the final PGA Tour event before The Masters and Louis Oosthuizen’s form there this week will be a good indicator of what shape his game is in.

The 2010 Open Champion has made the top 16 three times in his last four starts at the Golf Club of Houston, which is a venue that clearly suits his style. This week the Mossel Bay local overtook his friend Charl Schwartzel as the top-ranked South African in the world, and it bodes well for the coming fortnight.

In 2013 King Louis shared 10th place after carding a Saturday 65, and in 2012 he finished sole third after spending most of the week in the heart of contention.

Very seldom does the 32-year-old not win early in the season, and over the last four years he’s kicked off the year with victories at the Africa Open and Volvo Golf Champions. This week at the Shell Houston Open he’s playing on familiar soil and has overcome most of his injuries woes, which makes the world number 34 a strong contender for the title.

That will pave his way to Augusta, where he came agonisingly close in 2012. He tied for 25th at The Masters last year and that will make him all the more keen to test the sharpness of his game over the coming week.

So far Oosthuizen is having a good season in the United States and took home top-10 results twice during the early season. There is no better time for him to step up into the next bracket on the PGA Tour, and Houston is a suitable venue.

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